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Tatiana Pasternak, Ph.D.

Contact Information

Phone Numbers

Appointment: (585) 276-3000

Research Labs

Faculty Appointments

  • Professor - Department of Neuroscience (SMD)
  • Professor - Department of Brain/Cognitive Sciences RC (RC) - Joint
  • Professor - Department of Center for Visual Science A&S (RC) - Joint

Biography

Research

My current research is focused on the mechanisms underlying processing and storage of visual motion information in primate cortex. In our studies we combine single cell recordings, microstimulation, reversible inactivation with psychophysical measures of visual performance. We have shown that neurons in visual cortical area MT, strongly associated with processing of visual motion, also participate in the storage and the retrieval/comparison operations required by working memory tasks.

Credentials

Education

1977
PhD | Denmark-Univ of Copenhagen
Behavioral Neurophysiology

Publications

Journal Articles

2019
Pasternak, T.; Foster, A.; Wong, K; and Conley, M. "Unilateral inactivation of lateral prefrontal cortex (LPFC) affects the retention of contralateral spatial and motion information. (in preparation)". 2019; .

2019
Islam, Md. N.; Samu, D. and Pasternak, T. "Inactivation of posterior prefrontal cortex affects processing of visual motion in area MT during motion comparisons. (in preparation)". 2019; .

2019
Islam, Md. N.; Wimmer, K. and Pasternak, T. "Memory-related and anticipatory signals in area MT during comparisons of visual motion are determined by task demands. (in preparation)". 2019; .

Books & Chapters

2014
Chapter Title: Ventral and Dorsal Cortical Processing Streams.
Book Title: The New Visual Neuroscience
Author List: Bell AH, Pasternak T, Ungerleider LG
Edited By: Werner JS, Chalupa LM.
Published By: The MIT Press 2014 in Cambridge, MA

2009
Chapter Title: Short-Term and Working Memory
Book Title: The New Encyclopedia of Neuroscience
Author List: Postle B Pasternak T
Edited By: Squire L
Published By: Academic Press 2009 in Oxford

2004
Chapter Title: The Dorsal and Ventral Visual Streams
Book Title: The Visual Neurosciences
Author List: Ungerleider, L. & Pasternak, T.
Edited By: L.M. Chalupa & J.S. Werner
Published By: MIT Press 2004

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